Frank “8” Arnold
Frank Arnold’s pieces are labyrinths of symbology. Look closer and you may find compartments and cubby holes of mysterious riddles. What does the number 8 mean for Arnold and why does he insist on stamping it on every single piece he creates?
Peeling back the layers is essential to somewhat crack the code of Californian born Frank Arnold both an artist and an author. Arnold recounts his draw to the number 8 as the most pivotal turning point in his life. 8 shattered his life as it also layed out a new path which would eventually become the foundation of his fine art career. At 8 Arnold learned he was adopted, this was a blow to the self he had first constructed. The number 8 is also a biblical notion of new beginnings. For Arnold, 8 is the self, completely realized;8 is synonymous with Frank Arnold.
And for Arnold, understanding his work is less about the collector or art lover understanding him, but understanding themselves. Self-awareness begets deeper levels of internal and external awareness. Such that the work of Arnold is a mirror. What do you see when you look at your own reflection?
Frank Arnold’s work is compounded by his ability to access the emotional and the psychological as it relates to the human experience. He’s been known by brush alone to unravel the intensely knotted nervous system of human emotion, drawing out raw tears and personal anecdotes.
Arnold is too a sculptor, sculpting in bronze, elegant, elongated forms that speak as loudly as his paintings.
He also centers finding one’s creativity in his latest co-authored book, “Your Creative Imagination Unlocked.” Arnold is an art lovers’ artist, giving of himself through his work and leading others to the vortex of creativity to use their own imaginations.